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Good News: Dewayne Johnson Beat Monsanto. Bad News: He’s Dying

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

A few weeks ago, a former gardener won a landmark lawsuit against Monsanto when a jury determined that Monsanto’s signature herbicide, Roundup, had caused his terminal, Hodgkin lymphoma. With thousands of similar lawsuits waiting in the wings, some have all but danced in the streets celebrating Monsanto’s loss and the gardener’s — Dewayne Johnson’s — win.

Originally, the jury awarded Johnson nearly a quarter-billion dollars. Later, a judge reduced the award to $78 million. It’s still a tidy sum, even after the lawyers get theirs, but as Time reports, the stark reality is Johnson probably won’t live to see a penny.

Heartbreaking as it is, thousands of people across the U.S. have filed lawsuits alleging Roundup, which contains the active ingredient glyphosate, caused them to develop cancer. But, hopeful as they may be in the wake of Johnson’s case, they too may wait years or even decades — and possibly even die — before they get any remuneration, if they get it at all.

Such is the way of the U.S. court system. Sadly, as Johnson’s case so clearly pointed out, the courts are merely the last pawn in a game that’s been played for decades by the very agencies that are supposed to protect people like you and me and Johnson, and all those thousands of others, from poisonous substances like Roundup.

For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated glyphosate is probably not carcinogenic to humans, but internal documents have revealed the agency colluded with Monsanto to protect the company’s interests.

What? You say the EPA COLLUDED with Monsanto to protect MONSANTO, not you? Yes, it’s true. And the story goes on and on, of how Monsanto bullied scientists for years and collaborated with so-called scientists from the American Chemistry Council to squash any information that might indicate Roundup isn’t as good for you as Monsanto claimed.

Hopefully, Johnson’s case can turn into a tale of a genie let out of the bottle, as more and more people and consumer agencies investigate and report the real truth about Roundup. Want a little Roundup with a side of cereal?

That’s just one truth that’s come out since the genie was let out. If you were shocked when you heard that dozens of popular, name-brand cereals contain glyphosate, then fasten your seatbelt because it’s not only been found in infant formula, but in humans’ urine, as well — which means you’re literally walking around with glyphosate in your system.

Overall, the prevalence of human exposure to glyphosate increased by 500 percent from 1993 to 2016, while actual levels of the chemical, in ug/ml, increased by a shocking 1,208 percent!

I can’t think of a better reason to ditch processed foods of any sort, and to eat organic as much as possible. And, if you're concerned about glyphosate residues in your food, you can help to prompt change by reaching out to the companies that make your food.

Let them know that you prefer foods without glyphosate residues — and are prepared to switch brands if necessary to find them. As Olga Naidenko, senior science adviser for children's health at the Environmental Working Group, told CNN, "We know it’s possible to grow oats and other grains without herbicides.

Companies do not need to wait for EPA; they can simply talk to their suppliers and say, 'please grow our oats without glyphosate, because our customers are complaining.'"

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